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Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has shrugged off criticism of his side’s efficiency against Slavia Prague as they prepare to return to LaLiga action on Tuesday.

Victory more than Actual Valladolid at the Nou Camp would move Valverde’s guys above Granada to the leading of the table and extend their existing run to seven straight wins.

But the two-1 win in Prague in the Champions League has remained at the forefront of the squad’s minds with goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen criticising some of his group-mates following the show on Wednesday.

Valverde told a press conference: “When matches finish, everybody leaves with an opinion of what has occurred on the pitch.

“Matches can be observed in a lot of strategies, and if we have to resolve anything we will resolve it inside the club, and not publicly.

“If it had been a four-1 win, we wouldn’t be speaking about it. You go to locations exactly where you are beneath stress but if the outcome does not go your way that is what matters.”

Barcelona had the weekend off following their projected El Clasico clash with Actual Madrid was postponed due to fears of ongoing unrest in the Catalan capital.

Samuel Umtiti, left, will miss out
Samuel Umtiti, left, will miss out with a knee injury (Adam Davy/PA)

Valverde confirmed defender Samuel Umtiti is most likely to miss out when once again as he continues to struggle to shake off a knee injury.

And he expects a difficult challenge from the guests, who go into the game on the back of a 5-match unbeaten run – such as a property draw against Atletico Madrid earlier this month.

Valverde added: “They are on a excellent unbeaten streak and they have played nicely against the teams at the leading.

“Last season we won 1- but we suffered a lot. It is a game we have to be motivated for due to the fact we are back in the league and we want to choose up the 3 points.”

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